Sunday, December 15, 2013

Review: Puritan Witch by: Peni Jo Renner

Title: Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Blake Eames
Author: Peni Jo Renner
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 242
Format: Hardcover
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On a cold night in 1692, two young girls are caught up in the divining games of a slave woman—and then begin to act very strangely when the game goes wrong.

Suddenly, Salem Village is turned upside down as everyone fears that witches may be involved. Six months later, as news of the girls’ strange behavior becomes known, fear and suspicion overwhelm a nearby farming community, pitting neighbors against neighbors and turning friends into enemies. When Rebecca Eames makes one careless utterance during a verbal attack on her family, she is falsely accused of witchcraft.

After her fate is decided by three magistrates, Rebecca must endure a prison sentence during which she and her fellow captives have no choice but to valiantly struggle to find humanity and camaraderie among dire conditions. In this novel based on a true story, a woman wrongly imprisoned during the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials comes full circle where she must determine if she can somehow resume her life, despite all she has endured.

My Thoughts:

What went from a simple disagreement between two families soon lands Rebecca in jail.  When there is a disagreement on the sabbath between the Eames family and the Swan family soon gets Rebecca accused of witchcraft.  When Rebecca utters a curse at the Swan family, they take it upon themselves to report Rebecca as a witch.  From there Rebecca's world comes crashing down.  She lands in jail where she finds other women who have been arrested.  Many of them normal women like herself.  At first Rebecca admits her consort with the devil but upon sentencing changes her story.

Her time in the jail is so real to accounts that have been told about Salem during the witch trials.  The brutality of it.  Rebecca's faith is severely tested to the limits.  In the end the magistrates couldn't break her.  She held strong with her statement of not consorting with the devil.  Meanwhile we also get to see what is going on with Rebecca's family without her and her son, whose also been arrested.

When they do get released we can see what all this damage in jail has done to Rebecca and her son.  They are both broken and messed up in the head due to the Salem Witch Trials.  And how they move on from it.

This book was so good to read.  Definitely up there for those that like The Crucible and are looking to read more about the Salem Witch Trials.  It was full of action, and historical facts.  Like how they dressed and how they would talk and what they would wear those thing with very true to the times. Definitely a great read!
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